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Streusel My Strudel

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic Monday. This morning I began my day with a bowl of old fashioned oatmeal. I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup silk, 1 banana, some dried cherries and a spoonful of peanut butter. On top, I sprinkled pom. seeds. My obsession!


I was actually pretty excited about my sandwich today because I just LOVE the combo of Sabra’s Spicy Hummus (and its reallyyyy spicy!) and turkey. I also threw a slice of swiss in the mix for a delicious turkey, hummus and cheese sammie on protein bread.


On the side I had this juicy pear and I ate the bar as usual for my mid-morning snack.


When I got home, I had my favorite snack ever: peanut butter on banana bread. Seriously, is there anything better??!


I went to the gym after I did some stuff at home. It ended up being an incredibly short visit though because my mind was heavy with other things and I couldn’t get into it. Here’s what I DID do in the brief 20 minutes that I was there:

a couple minutes on the elliptical to warm up

2 sets of seated row—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of incline press—30 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of bicep curls—12 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of shoulder raises with 12 lb bodybar—15 reps

2 sets of shoulder lifts with same bodybar-–15 reps

2 sets of pushups on bozu ball—10 reps

Surprisingly, I was actually really sore after only being there for 20 minutes. I felt like I really pushed myself and got a good workout in despite my heart not being in it and the short duration.

I have a lot on my mind and therefore wasn’t very hungry tonight for dinner but knew I needed to eat something, so I made a morningstar veggie burger on an ezekiel muffin with swiss cheese, ketchup and hot sauce.


And just now, I had yet another slice of banana bread for dessert:


Today at work was busy as we prepped for our first big formal dining night tomorrow. I started my morning by cranking out hundreds of dinner rolls and making a glorious pumpkin pie and apple oat tart:


A function going on tonight requested apple strudel for their dessert, which was quite the process to make! I LOVE apple strudel though and despite it being a considerable amount of work, it’s totally worth it. We stretched the strudel dough as thin as paper on a huge tablecloth:


And filled it with a mixture of diced fuji apples, sugar, cardamom and raisins:


And then carefully and slowly, we rolled everything up all neat and tight, using the tablecloth to help us roll:


When it came out of the oven it smelled amazing and looked scrumptious!


I made creme anglaise and halved 180 strawberries to be plated with the strudel:


And I baked chocolate roulade cakes—-6 in total—-but they didn’t make for a great picture because they are super thin and still were on the sheet tray they were baked on. I’ll show you a picture though of the finished product tomorrow though. We are laying them with peanut butter mousse for the whole chocolate-peanut-butter type deal. Ryan would love this!

Tomorrow my schedule is being switched up a bit as I will work from 12-8 pm instead of 7-3. I’m doing this because its the first formal dining night and Adam wanted to get me familiar with service and plated desserts. It should definitely be interesting since right now I’m used to being there when no one is there really, doing prep work. Tomorrow I’ll be in with all the action! Hopefully it will go smoothly!

Have a good night and I will be back in the morning.

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  • VeggieGirl
    November 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Breakfast + spicy hummus + PB on banana bread + AMAZING strudel + strawberries = HOLY YUM!!!

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  • Amy
    November 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    sorry you had a lot of things on your mind, hopefully a good night sleep will clear your head 😀 beautiful pom seeds…i was shopping around for them today but couldnt find the pre-packed ones!

  • Jen
    November 3, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    So much foreshadowing, and no hint of all this stuff you have on your mind! I was totally expecting a fun announcement at the end! Regardless, hope all that you’re thinking about goes well for you…

  • Julia
    November 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t wait to see pics from the formal dinner tom night!
    I admire you for going to the gym and making yourself a healthy dinner even though you had a lot on your mind. You always have such a bright spirit and positive attitude, I hope things clear up for you soon! 🙂 PS I want a piece of your banana bread! haha

  • Laura
    November 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Best of luck tomorrow! 🙂 I will have to try peanut butter on banana bread. I love it so much that I usually just eat it plain.

  • Mara
    November 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Your strudel brings back some major memories!! My mom, some of her friends, my sister, and I used to make strudel on our dining room table. Nothing smells quite as good!
    Its quite an impressive undertaking!

  • polly
    November 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Enjoy your later day tomorrow! I hope that all that’s on your mind is clear soon. Lots of prayer, sweet girl! God has a big ol’ plan for us, so no worries. Hugs!

  • Katie
    November 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I LOVE strudel. It was all over the place when I was in Vienna… so delicious! Do you have a recipe for a lower-fat strudel? I know that’s kind of an oxymoron…

    I hope everything is okay!

  • jenna
    November 3, 2008 at 6:50 pm


    Strudel really isn’t too high in fat. The ‘stuffing” is just apples, no added fat, and the crust is quite thin!

  • Michelle
    November 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Peanut butter on banana bread…oh my goodness, I’ve got to try that!!!! Good luck to you tomorrow! You’ll do a fabulous job!

  • Krista
    November 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    OMG! Those strawberries are beautiful! And the strudel looks divine! 🙂

  • Shelby
    November 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Mmm, your oats, spicy hummus, and banana bread sound amazing!!! I need to make some banana bread soon.

    Wow that strudel is gorgeous, your so talented.

  • Megan
    November 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Amazing strudel and I love the PB on banana bread!

  • Runninchica
    November 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I’ve just stumbled on to your blog and am really enjoying it. I am very dedicated to eating healthfully and maintaining my fitness. I can really relate to you being both young, working, and busy but trying to balance everything.

    I have been running fairly seriously since college and I wanted to just mention a few things regarding your recent running troubles. I can totally relate to feeling like you may not be cut out to be a runner, but the pains in your shins could be caused by a few things that require just a little tweaking to keep you hitting the pavement. How old are your sneakers? If they have been used – specifically run on or worked out on – for over a year, its definitely too long and could be causing pain in your shin. The other possible cause for your pain could be too much too soon. If you started ramping up your running distance or time recently, your shins could be hurting as a result. You may need to just cut back a little bit and add on more gradually. I really recommend for related questions and suggestions.

    I hope that you are feeling better and that, since you seem interested in it, you get back out running soon. I love it.

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Jenna –

    I’ve been making the rounds today to let people know I just started a baking blog. I wanted to tell you since I’m a regular reader and you’re a pastry chef! It’s all about baking with whole foods – no refined sugar, no refined flour, etc. It should be fun, so I hope you check it out!

    And sorry to anyone who’s already read this a bunch!

  • LT
    November 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    What’d you think of Forrest Gump??? It is definitely one of my favorites.

  • Mariposa
    November 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    awww.. yea when I have a lot on my mind it’s hard to get into working out.- i end up zoning out and only half-doing the workout… miss steps…miss cues in the tapes, fall down in yoga.. yea i feel ya!

    you get to sleep in tomorrow so maybe you can wake up and relax with some yoga!

    im getting up at 4:30 to make morning Joe for my boy.. so i think of you when im DYING in the am and YOU are still sleeping! lol

  • caitlin
    November 3, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    hey jenna! how are you doing?

    your apple s. looks amazing! and very interesting that you rolled it with a table cloth.

    hope all is well!

  • Stephanie
    November 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hope everything is ok :/

  • Oh She Glows
    November 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Wow all your baking looks fabulous! Good luck tomorrow!

  • cupcakes
    November 3, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Oh no, hope things are going well and you feel better soon!

    Just out of curiosity- (since I can’t even get Sabra’s hummus here)- does the spicy hummus give you bad breath?!?! I find that sometimes spicier hummus gives me stinky hummus breath for hours!! LOL

  • Runjen
    November 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I hope you feel better. Despite everything on your mind, you still had quite a productive day. Maybe a good nights sleep will do the trick. Hang in there.

  • Amanda
    November 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Your creations look awesome today! I hope that everything is ok – keep your head up, you make all of us smile every day!!

  • new runner
    November 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    hi .. what was the brand of pot stickers in ur previous post .. i’ve been craving them but i dont’t know what brand makes them?

  • jess
    November 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I really hope whatever’s distracting you gets resolved soon. You’re such a great person that you don’t deserve to be so preoccupied by something that’s anything other than amazing.

  • Tina
    November 4, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Your banana bread reminds me that I need to make some ASAP. We have 3 rotten bananas that need some help!

  • tsbrown
    November 4, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Jenna, I pray that you can work things out as you sort through things. We are here for you!!!!!

  • lauren
    November 4, 2008 at 8:23 am

    definitely nothing better than banana bread and PB! hopefully everything is ok with you…

  • Mel
    November 4, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Your baking recap always makes me salivate in front of my computer! It all looks soo yummy!!
    I hope whatever is wrong works itself out for you! 🙂